October 27, 2011

Bobbie setting new tempo for Badgers

By Dennis Punzel, Madison Sports:

The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team is moving to a different beat this season.

Most of the time that beat comes from the voice of new coach Bobbie Kelsey. Read more...

    October 24, 2011

    Alumnae abroad 2011-12

    The 2011-2012 professional basketball season is well underway in Europe.

    All the national club team leagues have begun play, and this is week 3 of EuroLeague Women, the highest international professional basketball league in Europe for women’s clubs.

    Here is a report of nine (the most ever) Stanford alumnae who are playing abroad this season and one who may or may not be.

    Kayla Pedersen ('11) begins her overseas career in Slovakia playing for Good Angels Kosice (Dobri Anjeli)

    Good Angels is a strong team, which should be especially appreciated by Kayla after her unfortunate WNBA rookie season. They are a leading team in Extraliga, the Slovakian League, and are also playing in EuroLeague Women — for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.

    In a preview of their Week 2 EuroLeague game, the opposing head coach said, "Good Angels Kosice is a team with a good cast of national team players. They play and compete a lot and have got an interesting rookie in Kayla Pedersen."

    Here is an evaluation of Good Angels by Paul Nilsen, a European basketball journalist.

    Jeanette Pohlen ('11) begins her overseas career in Turkey playing for Tarsus Belediyesi

    Tarsus is in southern Turkey about 10 miles inland from the Mediterranean.

    Tarsus plays in TKBL, the Turkish League. They've only played one regular season game so far — it was a good one for Jeanette, who started and had 10 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and 4 steals.

    Jayne Appel ('10) is in Turkey playing for Samsun.

    Samsun is on the coast of the Black Sea, about 450 miles east of Istanbul.

    This is effectively Jayne's rookie overseas season. She had signed with Tarsus last season, but returned home to rehab her injuries before the season began.

    Jayne is a starter for Samsun. She did very well in their first TKBL League game. She scored just 2 points, but had 11 rebounds.

    Jillian Harmon ('09) is in Italy playing for Pool Comense for the third season.

    Comense plays in the Italy A1 League. They finished sixth in the 12-team league last season, but have begun this season with two wins.

    Cissy Pierce ('08) is in Germany for the fourth season. She has moved from Frankfurt to Berlin and is now playing for the Halle Lions.

    Cissy was the top scorer in the German DBBL league in 2009-10, and the Lions were delighted to sign her to their team.

    The Lions have begun poorly this season. They have won just one of five games. Cissy leads her team in scoring (16.4 ppg) and is second in rebounds (6.4 rpg).

    Candice Wiggins ('08) is currently in Spain, leading her Overseas Experience Tour.

    I have heard it rumored that she will play overseas later in the season, but I have seen no official announcement of her plans.

    Kristen Newlin ('07) is in Turkey playing for Fenerbahce for the fourth season. (The name she's known by in Turkey is Nevin Nevlin.)

    Fenerbahce is one of two teams that dominate Turkish women's basketball (the other is Galatasaray). It placed second in the TKBL League last season, was the league tournament champion for the sixth consectuive season and advanced to the quarter-final round of EuroLeague Women.

    The team is playing in EuroLeague Women again, for the sixth consecutive season. European basketball journalist Paul Nilsen thinks that Fenerbahce has a great chance of being one of the tournament front-runners this season in spite of the worrying storm clouds that gathered off the court last summer, which he explains in his evaluation of the team.

    Brooke Smith ('07) is back in Italy playing for Pool Comense after a season in France.

    This is her fifth season of professional basketball, her third with Comense.

    Nicole Powell ('04) is in Poland playing for Wisla Can-Pack for the second season, her eighth in professional basketball.

    Wisla had an excellent 2010-11 season. It was #1 in the PLKK Polish League, the league tournament champion and advanced to the quarter-final round of EuroLeague Women.

    The team is playing in EuroLeague Women again, for the eighth consecutive season. Paul Nilsen thinks that Wisla could be one of the most interesting teams in the competition this season. Here is his evaluation of the team.

    Cori Enghusen ('02) is beginning her tenth season of professional basketball, her seventh in Turkey, but with a new team. She's back in Istanbul with Besiktas. (The name she's known by in Turkey is Korel Engin.)

    October 23, 2011

    Kayla, a Good Angel

    Kayla, after a Good Angels Kosice game in Slovakia, comments on her team's performance.

    October 15, 2011

    Christy Hedgpeth inducted into hall of fame

    Long-time Cardinal fans may remember Christy Hedgpeth (Stanford '94) as a member of Stanford's second national championship team. Or seeing her play for the ABL Seattle Reign for three years.

    Before her professional and collegiate basketball careers, Christy was a stellar basketball player at Westchester Academy in Davdison County, North Carolina.

    Last night she was inducted into the Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame. Read more...

      An earlier article in The-Dispatch that included bios of the prospective inductees had this to say of Christy's accomplishments:

      Sometimes you never know where greatness will reveal itself. And sometimes, it comes from unexpected places.

      Thomasville’s Christy Hedgpeth had a stellar basketball career at High Point’s generally overlooked Westchester Academy, where she scored a career high of 3,131 points from 1986 to 1990.

      Indeed, as a 5-foot-10 sharpshooting guard, she helped guide the Wildcats to a 26-2 record and a 1-A independent school state championship in 1990. She was named The Dispatch All-Davidson County Player of the Year while averaging 32.2 points per game, 12 rebounds per game, as well as six assists and five steals per game.

      She was also the Guilford County player of the year and the recipient of The Winston-Salem Journal’s Mary Garber Award for top female basketball player.

      She was also Westchester’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year from 1987 through 1990.

      A talented athlete, Hedgpeth also excelled on the tennis court where she was named the team’s most valuable player from 1987 through 1990. She also won a doubles state title in both 1988 and 1989.

      Heavily recruited by major college basketball programs, including Duke and Wake Forest, Hedgpeth elected to attend Stanford University on a full scholarship. Good choice. The team made it to the NCAA Final Four in 1991 and won the NCAA championship in 1992.

      She was ESPN’s ESPY nomination for women’s basketball player of the year in 1992. In addition, she was All-PAC-10 in 1994 and the team captain that year. She scored 1,387 career points for the Cardinal.

      She played for the Seattle Reign of the American Basketball League from 1996-1998.

      Hedgpeth is now living in Baltimore, Md., where she is the senior director of marketing for Under Armour.

      October 11, 2011

      Ros's Broadcasting Promo Reel : 2010-2011

      Ros has returned from Nigeria and resumed her sports broadcasting career. Her promo reel shows highllghts of her first year broadcasting as a Color Commentator and as a Studio Analyst.

      October 7, 2011

      Championship for Candice and the Lynx

      Candice contributed three of six 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists and a steal tonight as the Minnesota Lynx swept the Atlanta Dream and won their first WNBA championship! Read more...

      October 2, 2011

      Ros will not play in the Olympics

      Ros' excellent adventure ended today as Nigeria lost to Mali 62-71.

      In the championship game, Angola upset Senegal 62-54.

      So Angola will play in the 2012 Olympics; Senegal and Mali will contend for one of the remaining five slots; and Ros' basketball career is probably over.

      October 1, 2011

      Nigeria will try for the bronze

      From a report of the first semifinal of Afrobasket Women 2011: "Not even the vociferous fans and top government functionary could save the host Mali from losing to determined Angola by 51-56 points."

      The only thing reported so far of the second semifinal is that Nigeria lost to Senegal 63-89.

      So Mali and Nigeria will compete tomorrow for the bronze medal and an opportunity to compete for a spot in the 2012 Olympics. I expect that the vociferous fans and government functionaries will still be rooting for Mali. Good luck, Ros!